First Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Sherry Radack

Chief Justice Sherry Radack

Sherry Radack was appointed Chief Justice of the First Court of Appeals in December 2002 and then elected in 2004. Prior to her tenure on the First Court of Appeals, she was elected in 1998 to serve as a civil district judge in Harris County. Before coming to the bench, Chief Justice Radack practiced with the law firm of Bracewell and Patterson.  She received... Read more

Photo of Justice Terry Jennings

Justice Terry Jennings

Place 7

  The Honorable Terry Jennings, the Senior Justice on the First Court of Appeals, first took his oath of office on January 1, 2001. Justice Jennings is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. From 2003 to 2014, he “served with distinction” as a member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee. The Texas Association... Read more

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Justice Evelyn Keyes

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Justice Evelyn V. Keyes was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in May 2002. She was elected in November 2002 to the remainder of her predecessor's term and re-elected to six-year terms in 2004 and 2010. Before joining the First Court, Justice Keyes was a partner in Clements, O'Neill, Pierce, Wilson, and Fulkerson, L.L.P., practicing... Read more

Photo of Justice Laura Carter Higley

Justice Laura Carter Higley

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The Honorable Laura Carter Higley was elected as Justice of the First Court of Appeals in November 2002. She ran for an open seat and was unopposed in both the primary and general elections.  In 2008, she received a Judge of the Year Award from P.O.L.I.C.E, Inc., an organization devoted to examining and promoting courtroom excellence. Also, in 2008 she... Read more

Photo of Justice Jane Bland

Justice Jane Bland

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Justice Jane Bland was appointed to the First Court of Appeals in 2003 and was elected in 2004, 2006, and 2012. Before becoming an appellate judge, she served for six years as a civil trial judge, having been appointed in 1997 and elected in 1998 and 2002. Justice Bland is board certified in civil appellate law and civil trial law by... Read more

Photo of Justice Michael C. Massengale

Justice Michael C. Massengale

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Michael Massengale was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry on June 15, 2009. He was elected in 2010 and re-elected to a full term in 2012. Justice Massengale is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Before joining the court, he was a partner in the trial department at Baker... Read more

Photo of Justice Harvey G. Brown

Justice Harvey G. Brown

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Harvey Brown was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Perry in November 2010. The Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists named him Appellate Justice of the Year for 2011.  The Houston Young Lawyers Association named him the mentor of the year for 2017 for the greater Houston area and the Texas Young Lawyers Association named him... Read more

Photo of Justice Russell Lloyd

Justice Russell Lloyd

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Justice Russell Lloyd was elected to the First Court of Appeals and took the oath of office on January 1, 2015.  He has practiced trial and appellate law for thirty-five years.  He served for ten years as Judge of the 334th Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas, where he presided over thousands of cases and more than 300 jury... Read more

Photo of Justice Jennifer Caughey

Justice Jennifer Caughey

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Jennifer Caughey was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Greg Abbott on September 13, 2017. Before joining the Court, Justice Caughey practiced at Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP and Baker Botts, LLP in Houston and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Washington DC. She handled a diverse commercial litigation docket at the trial and appellate levels, with... Read more